The full size SUV market is going to become a lot more competitive in the upcoming years. Nissan released a new Armada, GM released two new models a couple years back and both Ford and Toyota are about to release new cars as well. We are now going to take a small peek at the upcoming 2018 Toyota Sequoia which is set to replace the model released back in 2007. The new car will be released alongside the new Tundra which is already well past its expiration date. So far Toyota hasn’t offered any information about the two models but it seems they are in fact testing test mules. These are likely using the old sheet-metal in order not to attract any attention.
New Sequoia – More details
The upcoming Sequoia will be a completely new model. For starters, it is going to use the chassis found in the new Tundra. This will be made mostly out of high strength steel but it seems that some aluminum parts are possible. The body will be made mostly out of steel but some items such as the fenders, doors, the tailgate or even the hood might be made out of aluminum. Thanks to that, the weight of the car may drop from the current 5,700 pounds to less than 5,000 pounds. In this case it would become one of the lighter models which would allow for better performance, fuel consumption and comfort. The release date is likely going to be set in the second half of 2018 with the production version coming shortly after that.
The design of 2018 Toyota Sequoia
The ongoing model looks pretty much identical to the original Tundra. However, the truck has been revised but the SUV didn’t. The reason for this is unknown but it seems Toyota thinks the new lines found on the truck wouldn’t fit it. The upcoming 2018 Toyota Sequoia on the other hand will receive an all new design. Just like Ford will give the Expedition a new look, the Sequoia is expected to depart quite a bit from the truck. The front end is likely going to receive a more car-like appearance, likely similar to what the Highlander is boasting. In terms of size, the new model should be similar to the current generation.
Inside the cabin of new Sequoia
While the current car didn’t lack any luxury features, it was just too similar to its truck counterpart. The new model is expected to, once again, receive a completely new design. It will also receive Toyota’s newest technologies which debuted on their crossovers such as frontal collision warning and more. The materials will likely be on par with the top of the range Tundra models. A high end version that will get to the levels of comfort found in the Land Cruiser is also a real possibility.
Under the hood
The aging 5.7 liter naturally aspirated V8 is expected to be gone from the 2018 Toyota Sequoia. Instead, the car is expected to receive both a diesel and a new petrol engine. Toyota has been working on a new 3 liter twin-turbocharged V6 to replace most of their high performance engines. So far it seems that this engine would make 400 horsepower and 325 lb-ft of torque which is a bit too less for the truck-based SUV. However, considering it is a turbocharged mill, it would likely be capable of delivering a lot more than that. It remains to be seen what the finished product will actually be able to offer. The transmission of choice will likely be an eight speed automatic. At this point it seems that a towing capacity of around 7,000 pounds is more than likely. Rear wheel drive will be standard while all wheel drive will still be available as an option.